Ottie and the Bea

Shopping Westcombe Park
  • 5 out of 5 stars
(68user reviews)
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This independent shop in Blackheath stocks all manner of carefully chosen items that will delight children and parents alike.

Within the bright and inviting south London shop visitors will discover Japanese collectables and creative comics alongside traditional toys, beautiful books and colourful party goods.

They also run regular events and workshops for a variety of age ranges in activities such as superhero cape decoration, dreamcatcher-making and journalism. Check the Ottie and the Bea website for details.

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Ottie and the Bea says
We are a modern children's shop in Blackheath, southeast London (near North Greenwich tube). Our focus is on toys, books and games for children that inspire and encourage them to play. Some of our favourite products come from Djeco, Maileg, Rice DK and Nailmatic. We also stock books from the likes of Chronicle, Flying Eye, and Owl & Dog Playbooks.

Our shop also doubles us as a space for events, which we host on a regular basis, this can range from workshops with authors and illustrators, to beading and sewing. We also run a book club for local school children from year four through to year eight.

If you're unable to visit us in person then check us out on Instagram, Facebook, Trouva or our own website.
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Venue name: Ottie and the Bea
Address: 12 Old Dover Rd
Opening hours: 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Westcombe Park rail
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Andrea B
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A real gem of a shop selling wonderful whimsical and practical things for kids. I have never failed to find an unusual present here and my kids have so enjoyed the workshops. Julia and her helpers are always happy to assist and it's lovely just mooching round the shelves. Sadly we have moved away but we're looking forward to the online shop!

Helene R
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A fantastic shop with lovely women, always very helpful and very kind. My favorite shop in Blackheath! Don't miss it!

Nadine Z
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My favourite shop in Blackheath. There's always something that catches my eye when I am in there and I am there a lot! Amazing choice of toys, books and crafts which are wonderfully curated by Julia

Gregor M
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Put aside the blinking battery bound devices that keep kids quiet, take them to this great children's toy shop and watch their imaginations come alive.

Sarah B
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Beautiful shop with the most helpful and friendly service. A real gem.

Abby H
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A beautiful shop full of amazing toys and educational and creative products for children. The shop also stocks a fabulous range of children's books. A real asset to the area. 😊

Anna J
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A wonderful local toy shop - with brilliantly helpful advice

Janine H
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An outstanding toy shop stocking traditional toys and books, with a contemporary vibe. We always receive a warm welcome and love the fact that our child can play with the toys whilst we shop.

Sunny W
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Fantastic, friendly children's shop at Blackheath Standard, selling toys, games, stationery and kids-related homewares; also runs a variety of art/craft/writing workshops at the weekends.

Sarah R
1 of 1 found helpful

The best place around to buy special birthday presents for all your young (and young at heart) friends.

Auriol M
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Ottie and the Bea has brought a spot of brightness that has really ignited a brilliant parade of local shops at Blackheath Standard. There is always a warm and friendly welcome, and plenty of patience for browsers and small children, with advice on hand and lots of temptation for grown-ups as well as children. How amazing that a tiny shop in a little-known corner of South East London can attract award-winning authors and illustrators for events. It really is a magical place.

Anna W
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Gorgeous shop lovely range for all ages and brilliant service. You won't want to leave!

Lisa N
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The is the perfect little toy shop and a such a wonderful addition to the local area. The owner, Julia, is so helpful and always has the perfect suggestion when I run in there last minute needing a gift for someone's birthday.

Kate P
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Brilliant independent toy shop with lots of original toys. Great events and a very popular Book Club for 8-11 year olds.

Catherine S
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Julia has created something truly unique with Ottie and the Bea. Julia herself connects with the children that visit her shop, she is genuinely interested in what they have to say. She is patient and listens to them so they can have a proper conversation and can therefore recommend books and toys that they will enjoy. The products themselves are unique and special and always affordable, especially great for birthday party presents. Her toys provide activities the children can do themselves, with friends or with adults. Our favourites are the family card games, especially for holidays - the boxes state they are suitable for ages 3-99! The Ivy and Bean book series is a wonderful and our daughter was thrilled to meet the illustrator at a workshop that Julia ran in the shop. Our children will grow up with Julia and her magical shop holding a special place in their childhood memories forever.

Becki W
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Ottie and The Bea is delightful treasure trove of a shop, full of toys, games & books for children. The staff are friendly & super helpful, I can't recommend it highly enough!

Susie B
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It's an absolute gem — second to none collection of toys in a beautiful shop run by the loveliest person you could ever hope to meet. Bad luck internet shopping you don't stand a chance against this place!

Stefanie C
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Beautiful pieces for all the little people in our family, a wonderful shop!

Alan A
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A toy shop stocked with great thoughtfulness and genuine care, and the staff are just as carefully chosen.  On top of this, Julia has made the shop so welcoming - even if you only buy the occasional small gift - that it has become a community hub for families in the area. Not just a shop, but a real contribution to this part of town.

alexandra m
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We love Ottie & the Bea, a unique shop, individual, carefully sourced toys etc so original for all ages, an amazing experience never to be forgotten young or old! A great parade of individual artisan/indie shops at Blackheath Standard, so refreshing, & all with a loyal following.

Louise R

The best place for children's gifts, with a strong focus on crafts, reading and other activities (no gratuitous gender stereotyping). Lots of workshops organised for local children. A lovely shop to browse in even when you don't need to urgently buy a birthday present for someone!

Judith L

The most beautiful, inspirational, imaginative shop for children, which doesn't insult children's intelligence but challenges their imagination.

Emma H

Creative, inspiring and exciting hub for children and adults alike. More than a shop. Wish there was an 'Ottie and the Bea' near me!

Teilah M

Ottie and the Beautiful is not just a store it's a place where they have created a real community vibe. Creating workshops, bringing children and parents together.

Abby H

I love Ottie & the Bea! A wonderful selection of interesting and educational children's toys and books for all ages, crafting activities and workshops add to the fun of this creative paradise. The shop is a real asset to the area. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Tabitha W

We love this shop! It always has amazing window displays which we stop and admire. The owners know their books and their customers really well and can always recommend a great read.

Neil C

Fabulous store full of wonderful toys, gifts and books. The owner is one of the kindest, most warm hearted people you could wish to meet.

Ann B

Best toy shop in london! Selling maileg and wonderful books for all ages!

emma s

A place full of heart, a joy to spend time there browsing. a complete treasure trove and a happy haven.

Libby R

A wonderful shop filled with inspired ideas and fabulous gifts & treats for children (us adults love it too!)
Books are carefully chosen by the owner with authors visiting and giving talks to inspire reading for all ages and tastes.
I highly recommend a visit!

Alison r

Great shop. Genuine heart. Creating a better community for a long way further than our postcode. Much to love


Packed full of inspiring goodies! Impossible to leave without buying something.

Ali C

I love this shop, there is always something that reminds me of my own childhood, bringing back wonderful memories I can then share with my own children.

Liz S

The shop is so much fun. The owner loves what she does and you can always find a present that is loved. She also runs lots of workshops.

Alison R

As well as being a fab shop, Ottie and the Bea has built a community among it's customers. A sense of belonging! The new look is amazing and makes the whole area look even better! O+B packs a huge and welcome community punch or rather hug!

Jo L

This is simply the best children's shop I've ever been too. Fantastic toys, gifts and books and exceptional service.

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